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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT ALLERGIC TO TRANSPARENCY AND A SENATE SHY IN ENFORCING IT

Senator Rex Patrick  No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia
A GOVERNMENT ALLERGIC TO TRANSPARENCY AND A SENATE SHY IN ENFORCING IT
When a senator wants to get access to information it can ask the Senate to order the Government to hand over documents with an Order for Production of Documents (OPD). The Government can refuse to supply the document if it is not in the public interest to do so, but ultimately it is for the Senate to decide whether to accept the Government’s claim of public interest immunity.
The Government has been cavalier in its claims of public interest immunity and the Senate has been weak in enforcing its powers, letting the Government get away with it.
On multiple occasions I have been forced to resort to Freedom of Information (FOI) to obtain these documents. The FOI battles have been tough, but have mostly yielded success. There should never be a case where an OPD is made and denied on public interest grounds, when at some stage later a citizen is able to FOI it.
Today I got rather animated in the Senate over the whole thing. It puts the Government to shame, and indeed the Senate too.  more https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929

September 1, 2020 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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